F1 refugee Kamui Kobayashi
received the first perk of his GT relationship with Ferrari, when he got to sample one of the Scuderia's F1 cars at Fiorano on Monday (27 May).
The Japanese ace, who lost his place in the top flight when Sauber opted for the all-new line-up of Nico Hulkenberg
and Esteban Gutierrez for 2013, got his hands on the F10 with which Ferrari
competed in the world championship three years ago, and it didn't take long for him to get to grips with the car in what was a preparatory test for his appearance in the Moscow City Racing event over the weekend of 21 July.
“The first feeling was one of great happiness,” Kobayashi commented after the short run, “I raced against this car and knew how quick it was, so it was very important to get some experience of it.
“Last year's race in Brazil was the last time I drove an F1 car and, now I am racing in the WEC in a 458 GT, the impressions are completely different. But it wasn't hard to re-adapt because, in the past, I've driven all sorts of cars and I'm used to change.
“It will be very nice to drive an F1 car again at this event in Moscow and for me it will be a double debut: the first time at the wheel of a Ferrari
F1 car in an event and my first visit to the city.”